Forget NS&I Premium Bonds. I’d buy UK dividend shares for a passive income

first_imgForget NS&I Premium Bonds. I’d buy UK dividend shares for a passive income Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. Enter Your Email Address NS&I Premium Bonds are one of the safest investments around. NS&I is backed by the UK government, which means it’s highly unlikely investors will lose any money they put towards these assets. Unfortunately, they do not match UK dividend shares when it comes to passive income potential. NS&I Premium Bonds: Drawbacks Just because the government backs Premium Bonds, it doesn’t mean they are good investments.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…Indeed, after the recent round of prize pool cuts, Premium Bonds now offer terrible return rates.What’s more, these investments do not produce a guaranteed rate of return. Owners are entered into a monthly prize draw, and while you can win a significant amount with these draws, nothing is guaranteed. As such, if you are looking to generate a passive income stream, I highly recommend avoiding NS&I Premium Bonds. I would buy UK dividend shares for a passive income instead. UK dividend sharesFrom December onwards, the prize draw interest rate for Premium Bonds will fall to just 1%. In comparison, the FTSE 100 currently supports a dividend yield of around 4%. Immediately, this suggests that UK dividend shares are a better instrument to produce a passive income than government-backed bonds. Some investors and savers might be wary of investing in stocks because of the additional volatility.While it is right that stocks can be volatile, over the long term, investors tend to see extremely positive returns. For example, over the past few decades, a diversified basket of blue-chip dividend stocks would have produced an average annual total return of around 8%. Passive income streamIn my opinion, this is best way to build a passive income stream with UK dividend shares. A selection of high-quality blue-chip stocks such as Unilever and GlaxoSmithKline could provide the perfect blend of income and capital growth over the long term. It should also minimise the risk of investors seeing a considerable loss in their portfolios. Another approach could be to buy a low-cost index tracker fund. These simple funds by the whole index of stocks, allowing investors to profit from the average dividend without having to worry about selecting individual securities. This could be a great place to start for investors who are not too sure about the market and want to minimise their risk while maximising profits.Combining NS&I Premium Bonds and UK dividend shares, maybe the best approach for investors who want to generate a passive income with reduced risk.For example, a 50/50 portfolio of Premium Bonds and blue-chip stocks yielding 4%, could produce an income return of around 3% every year. That’s excluding capital growth. This offers investors the best of both worlds, capital protection with bonds and additional growth and income with equities.That’s why I would buy UK dividend shares for a passive income over Premium Bonds.  There’s a ‘double agent’ hiding in the FTSE… we recommend you buy it! Don’t miss our special stock presentation.It contains details of a UK-listed company our Motley Fool UK analysts are extremely enthusiastic about.They think it’s offering an incredible opportunity to grow your wealth over the long term – at its current price – regardless of what happens in the wider market.That’s why they’re referring to it as the FTSE’s ‘double agent’.Because they believe it’s working both with the market… And against it.To find out why we think you should add it to your portfolio today… Rupert Hargreaves | Saturday, 17th October, 2020 Rupert Hargreaves owns shares in Unilever. The Motley Fool UK has recommended GlaxoSmithKline and Unilever. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors.center_img Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Image source: Getty Images See all posts by Rupert Hargreaves I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. Click here to get access to our presentation, and learn how to get the name of this ‘double agent’!last_img read more

Michael Park, Laura Osnes, Sally Murphy & More to Star in Off-B’way Revival of The Threepenny Opera

first_img The Threepenny Opera Sally Murphy Related Shows View Comments Star Files Michael Park Show Closed This production ended its run on May 11, 2014 Beggars! And brothels! And Bertolt Brecht! The Atlantic Theater Company has announced complete casting for its off-Broadway revival of The Threepenny Opera. Emmy winner Michael Park, Tony nominee Laura Osnes, Sally Murphy and Oscar winner F. Murray Abraham are among those who have joined the star-studded cast. Directed and choreographed by Martha Clarke, The Threepenny Opera will play a limited engagement at the Linda Gross Theater from March 12 through May 4. Opening night is set for April 7.Adapted by Marc Blitzstein, The Threepenny Opera will feature Park as Macheath, Osnes as Polly Peachum, Murphy as Jenny and Abraham as Mr. Peachum. In addition, the cast of the musical comedy will include Lilli Cooper as Lucy Brown, Rick Holmes as Tiger Brown and Tony nominee Mary Beth Peil as Mrs. Peachum. The show’s ensemble will feature John Kelly as Street Singer, Sophie Bortolussi, Jon David Casey, Timothy Doyle, Lindsey Dietz Marchant, Christina Spina and John Watkins.Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill’s most popular collaboration, The Threepenny Opera is based on John Gay’s The Beggar’s Opera. The show centers on the scoundrel Macheath and his criminal exploits in 19th century London. In the tuner, Macheath, or Mack the Knife as he is known, marries the impressionable and innocent Polly Peachum, much to the displeasure of her father and mother. Throughout his marriage, and a series of arrests, he maintains a strong relationship with his mistress, Pirate Jenny.The Threepenny Opera will feature scenic design by Robert Israel, costume design by Donna Zakowska, lighting design by Christopher Akerlind, sound design by Clive Goodwin and musical direction by Gary Fagin.Roundabout Theater Company most recently mounted The Threepenny Opera, adapted by Wallace Shawn and directed by Scott Elliott, on Broadway in 2006. The cast included Alan Cumming as Macheath, Nellie McKay as Polly, Cyndi Lauper as Jenny, Jim Dale as Mr. Peachum and Ana Gasteyer as Mrs. Peachum. The production, which included drag performers, was nominated for the Best Musical Revival Tony Award. Laura Osneslast_img read more

Carter’s off-field antics deserve typical Marrone action

first_img Published on April 19, 2010 at 12:00 pm In the 16 months since becoming Syracuse’s head football coach, Doug Marrone has made no secrets about his policy regarding discipline. This is a man who has crusaded around town preaching accountability and self-responsibility, and he has quickly proven he is not afraid to live up to his words.There have been numerous infractions thus far. Marrone suspended five regulars at some point last season for various unspecified reasons. In doing so, Marrone demonstrated he would show little patience or tolerance for any off-field distractions.The official line for every punishment has been classified under a sweeping and mysterious umbrella known as ‘violation of team rules.’ Marrone has remained committed to keeping discipline an in-house matter, but he has made it clear that he will act harshly and decisively for even minor transgressions.  Marrone’s hard-lined stance should determine how he handles the ongoing Delone Carter situation. Carter, arguably the team’s best player, was charged with misdemeanor assault last week for allegedly punching another SU student during an on-campus incident in February and was suspended from Saturday’s annual Spring Game.In store next is a public legal proceeding, which will bring the program more embarrassment and scrutiny.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textMarrone said this weekend that Carter — along with two other players — were, ‘as of right now,’ suspended only for the rest of the spring. But if these allegations are true, Marrone’s history suggests Carter’s trouble may be just beginning. Marrone has suspended players for much less.If convicted, Carter’s actions warrant a suspension of at least three to four games next season. This penalty would be in line with both Marrone’s precedent and the precedent set by other recent legal issues regarding SU athletes. Because Carter has no prior incidents, he should be given an opportunity to return at some point in 2010.  But that is a privilege Carter will have to prove to Marrone and the university he deserves. Defense attorney George Raus said that Syracuse University has officially suspended Carter from school, barring him from campus. He is now subject to the SU Judicial Review Board, which often acts independently of the legal system.  Case in point: Men’s basketball player Eric Devendorf was accused of hitting a female student during an on-campus altercation in November 2008. In December, the judicial board issued Devendorf an indefinite suspension from school, lasting at least until the end of the academic year.  This ruling came after Onondaga County District Attorney William Fitzpatrick decided not to press criminal charges, citing a lack of evidence. Devendorf’s suspension was reduced on appeal, and he returned to the court after missing just two games.The judicial board also suspended men’s basketball player Billy Edelin during the 2001-02 academic year after he was accused of sexual assault. He missed what was supposed to be his freshman season. As in Devendorf’s case, the district attorney’s office did not file criminal charges.  Even if the judicial board reinstates Carter in time for the 2010 football season, Marrone still withholds the right to levee any additional punishment to his standout tailback. Considering his track record, it is reasonable to expect Marrone will do just that.The severity of Carter’s penalty depends largely on the outcome of the upcoming criminal proceedings. It is crucial to recognize that despite the charges against him, Carter has not been found guilty of a crime. Marrone should wait until the case is resolved before making a final decision about Carter’s future.But even if Carter is exonerated, he may still be on the hook. It would still be understandable for Marrone to punish him to a lesser extent. Marrone has stressed the importance of image and reputation throughout his time as coach. This incident has already damaged those things, no matter what happens next.   Another case in point: Marrone suspended Torrey Ball, Andrew Tiller and Antwon Bailey for a game in November after they were in a car accident at 5:30 a.m. on their way home from Turning Stone Resort. Star wide receiver Mike Williams was also in the car, and he left the team soon after the incident. Williams had been suspended for one game for an undisclosed reason earlier in the year. Police said the players were not at fault in the accident, and no alcohol was involved. If that warrants a game, an assault charge should garner more than that.Losing Carter for a significant chunk of the season will be a serious blow to the Orange’s chances of reaching a bowl game for the first time since 2004. Carter rushed for a team-high 1,021 yards and 11 touchdowns last season and was expected to lead an offensive unit that features a new quarterback and a group of inexperienced wide receivers.Marrone has already shown in his brief tenure that he will suspend any player, regardless of his talent. That is the right approach. No player has been exempt from Marrone’s authority. Carter should be no exception.Jared Diamond is the sports columnist for The Daily Orange, where his column appears occasionally. He can be reached at [email protected]  Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

LA mayor dicusses city transportation

first_imgLos Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa discussed the current and future state of the city of Los Angeles’ transportation system at the USC Bedrosian Center on Governance and the Public Enterprise’s Leading from the West series on Wednesday in the Town and Gown Ballroom.Moving · Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa talks about updating the city’s transportation at an event held in the Town and Gown ballroom. – Ralf Cheung | Daily TrojanVillaraigosa said the most efficient way to reduce traffic and create significant changes to the city’s transportation is by building a sense of unity around the city. Throughout the discussion he answered questions from Bedrosian Center Director Raphael Bostic and METRANS Center Director Gen Giuliano.Villaraigosa recognized the changes that city officials need to make, but also urged for change to start with the individual.“I love to make fun of myself and say, ‘You know I’m late today because the mayor hasn’t fixed the traffic,’ but then I’ll be serious with people,” Villaraigosa said. “You know why we have so much traffic? Because all of us are addicted to our single-passenger automobiles, and we expect someone else to get out of theirs.”Villaraigosa said the city faces many “hurdles” in public policy to fix the conditions of transportation, noting that the change will take time, but emphasized that what is important now is to encourage residents to embrace change in Los Angeles for the entire city’s benefit.“Come on, if you want to kill a gridlock it’s not going to be easy,” Villaraigosa said. “You need a political leadership that looks you in the eyeballs and says ‘Hey man, I’m sorry. It’s going to cost you a little more.’”Villaraigosa said his goals are not just to improve transportation in Los Angeles, but also to re-imagine the city in a new light. He hopes the coming changes will help L.A. serve as a model city for the rest of the world.“We are to the world … what New York was in the 20th century and London in the 19th. We’re the Venice of the 21st century. We’re the portal to the East and the South,” Villaraigosa said. “We are the future. … I’m going to keep promoting that wherever I go, because I believe it to the core of my being.”Villaraigosa also stressed the importance of gaining the support of campaign leaders and the community to make progress happen. Responding to questions about his personal accomplishments, Villaraigosa emphasized that progress could not be made without the support of campaign leaders and the community.“These were not my accomplishments,” Villaraigosa said. “Listen, we did this together.”last_img read more

Tennessee vs. Purdue: Picks, predictions for March Madness Sweet 16 matchup

first_imgSN’s MARCH MADNESS HQLive NCAA bracket | Live scoreboard | Full TV schedule​Here is more on what should be a thrilling Sweet 16 matchup between two schools trying to break through.   No. 2 Tennessee  Coach: Rick Barnes (32 years, four at Tennessee)Overall record: 31-5 Scoring leader: Grant Williams (18.8 ppg)Rebounding leader: Williams (7.5 rpg)Assists leader: Jordan Bone (5.9 rpg)Famous non-athlete alum: Logan Marshall-GreenNo. 3 Purdue  Coach: Matt Painter (15 years, 14 at Purdue) Overall record: 25-9  Scoring leader: Carsen Edwards (23.6 ppg)Rebounding leader: Nojel Eastern (5.6 rpg)Assists leader: Ryan Cline (3.4 apg)Famous non-athlete alum: Herman CainBest individual matchup Nojel Eastern vs. Admiral Schofield. At least we think this is going to be the matchup. Both teams have some choices in the back court. Who will the Vols put on Edwards? Will Schofield see any time on the Purdue guard? The matchup that could materialize here is between Eastern, Purdue’s leading rebounder, and Schofield, who can pull defenders out with the 3-point shot.MORE SWEET 16 PREVIEWSUNC-AUB | UK-UH | MSU-LSU | ZAGS-FSU | UVA-UO | | UM-TT | DUKE-VTMost eye-popping stat 19.32. That’s how many shots per game Edwards takes for Purdue. He’s going to get his shots, and he averaged 34 points per game on the first weekend of the tournament.  Tennessee wins if …  They put a full game together. The Vols gave back a 25-point lead against Iowa, and that can’t happen against a better Big Ten team. Colgate and Iowa combined to shoot 22 of 50 behind the arc against Tennessee, and the Vols managed to hold off big second-half comebacks. Grant Williams will have to stay out of foul trouble, too.   No. 2-seed Tennessee meets 3-seed Purdue in the South Region semifinal on Thursday in Louisville. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:29 p.m. ET.Tennessee is seeking its first Final Four appearance in school history. The Volunteers made their only Elite Eight appearance in 2010. Purdue, meanwhile, is trying to break a string of five Sweet 16 losses under coach Matt Painter. The Boilermakers have not reached the Final Four since 1980. Purdue wins if …  They get enough help around Edwards. Cline will have chances to knock down 3s, and 7-3 center Matt Haarms shot 72 percent from the field in the first weekend. Purdue was clicking at every level against Villanova, and they can slow down Tennessee like Iowa did in the second half.MORE: Ranking Sweet 16 teams’ chances of winning it allSweet 16 pick Tennessee. It will be another nail-biter for Vols fans, but the wild weekend in Columbus will galvanize this team. Tennessee survives another fantastic performance from Edwards to advance to the Elite Eight.last_img read more